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Seneca boys top Brookwood before falling to Wauzeka-Steuben

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Hornets power forward Jonah Klema goes up for 2 of his game-high 22 points as Seneca's Carson Sime (23), Hunter Hagensick (10), Jackson Konichek (2, behind Sime) can only hope to contain him. Dawson Davidson (5) and Cohen Redman (20) look on as well. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Royals junior Owen Oppriecht collects the rebound away from teammate Reggie George and Wauzeka-Steuben's Nicholas Walz. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Hornet senior Lucius Cooley fires a fade away jumper in a crowd of Royals including Jackson Konichek (2), Owen Oppriecht (13), Hunter Hagensick (10), and Gage Wall (3). (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Seneca junior Garret Baker (22) keeps the ball away from Wauzeka-Steuben senior Alex Manning (10) as teammate Reggie George (4) waits in the corner. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Hunter Hagensick shoots a technical foul free throw for the Royals. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Briar Wall (0) plays tough interior defense for the Royals, forcing Brett Wagner (32) to pass the ball to a Hornet teammate.(Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

All eyes are on Cooper Lomas (24) in this photo as Owen Oppriecht stalks Lomas as Jonah Klema (50) and Jackson Konichek (2) wait for the play to develop. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Royal junior Dawson Davidson throws up a three-point attempt over the heads of Cooper Lomas (24) and Jonah Klema (50). (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Dawson Davidson watches his shot as Hornet teammates Brett Wagner (32) and Theodore Millin (23) can only look on. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Once again it is the Dawson Davidson show for Seneca as he gets Wauzeka-Steuben's Clint Mitchell (2) to leave his feet as the Hornets' Brett Wagner (32) and Julius Cooley block the lane from Davidson. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Hornet senior Cohen Redman puts the ball up-and-off the glass for a basket against the Royals. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

By Derick Kelly

Editors note - due to space constraints this week, this article is online only.

 

The Seneca Royals boys basketball team opened up their home schedule by hosting the Brookwood Falcons in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and came away with a 76-65 victory.

The Royals went into halftime holding onto a small 35-31 lead over the visitors from Ontario before pulling away in the second half for the victory. Dawson Davidson provided a big scoring punch for the Royals with 30 points on 9 of 19 shooting overall, including 3 of 9 on three-point attempts and 9 of 10 from behind the free throw line. Briar Wall chipped in 17 points while Jackson Konichek added 10 points. Also getting into the scoring column for the Royals were Gage Wall (7 points), Reggie George and Hunter Hagensick (3 points each), and Garret Baker, Owen Oppriecht, and Carson Sime (2 points each). According to Head Coach Brian Kwasny, “We started slowly but the kids off of the bench gave us some much needed energy.  We played well at times but we need we need to do it more consistently.”

Following Tuesday night’s game, the Royals hosted rival Wauzeka-Steuben in an early season conference showdown. 

In a back-and-forth first half that saw the lead change several times, the game quickly became physical and with three technical fouls being issued during the game with one ejection taking place.

Despite the physical play leading to an abundance of free throw shooting (the two teams combined to take 57 free throw attempts during the game), the Hornets managed to claw their way to a 30-27 lead at halftime.

The Hornets were able to extend their halftime lead to double digits late in the game as they earned a 61-47 victory. Leading the scoring parade for the Hornets was Cooper Lomas with 27 points and Jonah Klema with 22 points. Also getting into the scoring log for W-S were Theodore Millin (7 points), Cohen  Redman (4 points), Brett Wagner (2 points), and Nicholas Walz (1 point).

Once again leading the Royals in scoring was Davidson as he collected 12 points. Konichek (9 points), Baker (7 points),  Hagensick and G. Wall (6 points each), Briar Wall (4 points), and Owen Oppriecht (3 points) also added to the Royals scoring total of 47 points.

Free throw shooting was not a highlight for either team as the two teams combined to go 19 of 57 from the charity stripe with Seneca going 7 of 19 from the line, while Wauzeka-Steuben ended up making just 12 of the 38 free throws they attempted during the game.

Seneca returned to the road at Weston on Tuesday night before they travel to De Soto on Friday, Dec. 22. Wauzeka-Steuben meanwhile returned home to host North Crawford on Tuesday, before they are also on the road Friday night at La Farge High School.

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